Fellowship & Community
African American Fraternal Organizations
Based on the motto of sympathy and universal kinship, the St. Joseph Aid Society was first charted in Florida. Thomas H.B. Walker was the Supreme Chief in 1926. Thomas H.B. Walker and his wife Rosa G. Holmes Walker were active in Jacksonville society during the early 20th century.
The St. Joseph Aid Society was started in Jacksonville, Florida and proceeded to spread throughout the Northern United States. The society owned a whole block in the heart of Jacksonville, on the corner of Broad Street and State Street. - Adapted from "The Story of the Negro in Jacksonville: From the Pioneer Days to the Present" by Thomas H.B. Walker, in the National Negro Blue Book, North Florida Edition. 1926